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Will Mormons' racial history be a problem for Mitt Romney?
Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsâ€” but friends advised otherwise.
"Mormons, they're prejudiced against blacks," Perkins recalls being told.
Until 1978, the LDS church banned men of African descent from its priesthood, a position open to nearly all Mormon males and the gateway to sacramental and leadership roles. The church had also barred black men and women from temple ceremonies that promised access in the afterlife to the highest heaven.
Ah, Mike of NY, "one," should have been, "won," My voice recognition program just doesn't understand good Nebraska speaking apparently.
Neil, it wasn't so much that Joseph Smith's 19th-century racism was in Mormon theology, the problem was that it lasted long into the 20th century. They have a man based religion, with a Pope in Salt Lake City. We all know that the Romish church isn't Christian, and we can reject the statement, We're Christians just like you! when a Mormon makes that statement.
To be fair to Mormons, it must be notedÂ that the idiotic Mark of Cain theory (which Ken Ham mentioned he found still in circulation today) was invented by racist â€śorthodoxâ€ť Christians trying to rationalize American chattel slavery. I suspect Mormons merely absorbed this common 19th-century racial prejudice, passing it off as sound theology, like Southern Baptists, Presbys & others, who quietly shelved this nonsense earlier than the Mormons did.
So why was John Brown such a rare bird? Did one have to be â€ścrazyâ€ť like him to figure out that black men, & Indians, should be treated as equals, esp. in churches? It took another â€˘century* before blacks got the full civil rights they were promised during the Civil War.
Mike, JFK one because of daddy Joe's mob connections and money.
It seems to me that I pointed out I thought that Romney was perhaps the best of a bad lot, so except for the other Mormon, Huntsman? There could be worse picks. I guess we'll see how things shake out after the November elections.
Even so, any problems Kennedy may have had were not due to the Crusades. He won cause he was better looking, that's all. Besides, if 20 years of Obama sitting under the "teaching" of Jeremiah Wright didn't faze the voters, why should what the Mormon church did in the past faze them? Apparently these things matter only to opposition voters.